Prospective Conservative MP for Cheltenham, Alex Chalk, has pledged to take on his own apprentice if elected in May.
Mr Chalk would follow the lead set by other MPs, such as Gloucester’s Conservative MP Richard Graham, in hiring an apprentice to work in his office.
The Conservative hopeful’s pledge comes as new data shows the number of apprenticeship vacancies in the South West is up 28% in the last year. 2,610 new apprenticeships have been created in Cheltenham since the Conservative-led Government took office in 2010.
Mr Chalk said "Apprenticeships change lives. They enable young people to earn while learning, gain real life work experience and the qualifications they need to get on in life. That’s why if elected I have pledged to take on my own apprentice to work in my office.’’
‘’People wanting to apply for an apprenticeship can visit the new Apprenticeship Vacancies website HERE.’’